A visit to London with the kids can be an exhausting affair but get the hotel right for quality downtime between sightseeing and you’re winning. First up, think where you plan to visit and try to choose a child-friendly hotel in the vicinity – your feet will thank you for it. Other essentials to consider include decent sized family rooms or the ability to get interconnecting rooms (some hotels will offer the second room at a discounted rate so worth an ask). In a lot of hotels kids can eat free, too, so look out for that. To take it up a notch, choose a hotel with a swimming pool – for that resort feel in the city.
Many hotels have dedicated kids packages including toys in the room (think in-room tepee and pens to draw on the mirrors), child-friendly menus – for room service with a movie? There are even kids’ concierges in the posher hotels to hook your little VIPs up with everything from horse riding in Hyde Park to mocktail making classes, ‘little butler bootcamp’ (yes, really) and spy treasure hunts.
Here’s our guide to the best family-friendly hotels in London in areas including Mayfair, Westminster, Victoria and Marylebone.